We all have dreams and while some aren’t attainable - we’re looking at you actual hoverboard - others are, like eating high-quality sushi on a plant-lined patio. For those with more realistic dreams, head to Himitsu in La Jolla. This sushi place routinely flies in ingredients like sea urchin from Hokkaido and king salmon from New Zealand, along with serving less traditional dishes like Baja-style tostadas. Combine that with their jungle-esque patio and you’ll see that yes, some dreams do come true.
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